Sto Isoned: Global presence, local knowledge

Author: Mieke, Posted: January 25th, 2018

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Architecture guide Sto Isoned

This week, during the trade fair Gevel Online 2018 in Rotterdam, Sto Isoned presented a new architecture guide, created by MIMOA. The booklet shows expressive architecture all around the world, built with Sto products and systems. The 16 carefully selected projects – including the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, designed by Davis Brody Bond and Snøhetta, Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum, designed by C.F. Møller Architects and Vitrahaus in Weil am Rhein by Herzog & De Meuron – express Sto's concept of “Global presence, local knowledge”.

Download here the Architecture guide – Sto Isoned >>

As a facade specialist, Sto Isoned has been building a finer and energy-efficient building stock for 60 years, worldwide. Under the motto 'Building with conscience', they provide not only with first-class products, but also with advice and services that bring enormous added value for the building process. For these reasons we are pleased to welcome Sto Isoned as MIMOA Master.

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Get inspired by STO's reference projects >>

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For more information about Sto Isoned, visit: www.sto.com


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Opening Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 27th, 2017

1859_FP633948The grand list of Iconic Apple Architecture by Foster and Partners has been added up with 2 new building completions in the last 2 months.

In October Apple Michigan Avenue in Chicago was completed and last week the new Visitor Center along Tantau Avenue, also designed by Foster & Partners, opened to the public, bringing the experience of Apple Park closer than ever. Designed as an exclusive public gateway to Apple Park, it features an expansive roof terrace with stunning views of the main building that offers a unique glimpse into Apple Park.

Read here more about how to visit the Visitor Center >>

1859_FP633969Nestled within a carefully planted olive grove, an exceptionally transparent envelope sits below a floating carbon-fiber roof, which cantileves over outdoor seating areas on either side. lts softly-lit timber soffit gives the interior an inviting warmth, while the full-height glazing dematerializes the building volume.

Visitors are greeted with a large scaled model of Apple Park – seemingly suspended in mid-air-mil led and finished by the same machines that create the signature Apple products. Visitors also have the opportunity to get a closer look at the main building from the roof terrace of the Visitor Center, which offers an unmatched panoramic view of Apple Park. A delicate screen of thin, curved carbon­fiber fins shades the terrace, where people can relax and take photos against the lush backdrop of Apple Park.


Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners commented, "The idea was to create a delicate pavilion where visitors can enjoy the same material palette and meticulous detailing seen in the Ring Building in a relaxed setting, against the backdrop of Apple Park."

Special Apple merchandise, exclusive to the Visitor Center, is available as souvenirs. At the southern end of the Visitor Center is a café – a place of relaxation and repose, where visitors can enjoy the verdant Californian landscape that surrounds Apple Park.

Several elements from the main building are replicated at the Visitor Center to give people a taste of the precision detailing at Apple Park. For instance, the design of the staircases is inspired by the similar ones in the main building, clad with the same quartz stone, and the countertop at the café is made with the same marble as the main restaurant.

More information about the Apple Visitor Center >>

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New MIMOA Master: Alucobond

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 17th, 2017

46501_l-Manuel PanagetWe are pleased to introduce to you our newest member of the MIMOA Masters CLUB: ALUCOBOND®.
ALUCOBOND® is one of the famous brands, developed, manufactured and marketed by 3A Composites GmbH and represents high-quality aluminum composite panels for the architecture market.

The portfolio of 3A Composites counts numerous interesting and inspirational reference projects in many parts of the world.

Get inspired by ALUCOBOND's reference projects >>

Read more about the MIMOA Masters CLUB >>
For more information about ALUCOBOND, visit: www.alucobond.com


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Winner 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize: Hastings Pier

Author: Mieke, Posted: November 8th, 2017

This week dRMM has won the 2017 RIBA Sterling Prize for their regeneration project of Hastings Pier. The RIBA Sterlin Prize is the annual award that celebrates the UK’s best new building.

In 2010, Hastings Pier was destroyed by a fire. dRMM took this as an opportunity to redefine what a pier could be in the 21st century.

Read more about the project here >>

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Survey outcome and winners

Author: Mieke, Posted: September 29th, 2017

fanbaseTo evaluate and improve our service, we recently called for your help and asked to fill in the survey "Help us build MIMOA 2.0".

Due to the overwhelming amount of entries, we closed the survey earlier than planned. We stopped counting at 500. We would like to thank all of the participants for completing the MIMOA Survey and sharing your valuable feedback. The responses will definitely be of great help in preparation for MIMOA 2.0.

A few anwers we don't want to withhold from you:

Q1: "How disappointed would you be if MIMOA no longer existed tomorrow?"
We are very proud and also moved to see the clear majority indicating to be disappointed. And for even 56% of all participants it would be a deep disappointment.

Chart_Q1_170911_graphQ3: "What is the primary benefit that you have received from MIMOA?"
May be not that big of a surprise, but more a clear confirmation: nearly everyone answered the first option "It helps me prepare for my travels".
One of the biggest improvements in MIMOA 2.0 will be a mobile friendly design (first step of everything!), at some point in combination with a new app for iOS and Android. So in the future we expect to extend the MIMOA experience also during your travels.


Q5: Using scale 1 = Not at all important to 5 = Very important,how can we improve MIMOA to better meet your needs?
This was probably the most significant question for you as MIMOA user and fan. Clearly there is a large consensus that there is a need for improving the current services of MIMOA, as in searching and finding visitors information on architectural objects, worth a visit. On the other hand, you are wishing for finding locals, tour guides, events & curated guides; additional rich media (s.a. video content) and easier ways to rate & review. These are all options that we will investigate and evaluate during this whole process of renewal.


We are very pleased to have received the feedback and often profound feedback of our users and fanbase through this survey. 
Nearly 300 participants offered their future help for testing new functionalities, and we will definitely make use of this kind offer!

And the winners are…

We have raffled 5 copies of the book “Building Community” randomly among all participants, kindly provided by Thames & Hudson.
These are the 5 lucky winners:

Pierre Lion, from Wemmel, Belgium
Fabien Basmaison, from Saint-Germain-Lespinasse, France
David Fernandez Cobarro, from Murcia, Spain
Erik de Lange, from Groningen, The Netherlands
Alexandre de Alcantara, from
Paulista Pernambuco, Brasil


To all other participants: a big thank YOU for participating on behalf of our team and see you on MIMOA!

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Experiencing Dutch culture at Schiphol Airport

Author: Mieke, Posted: September 10th, 2017

MIMOA_ArchitectureGuideNext_v092017_blog-headerArchitecture guide NEXT architects

On Thursday 7 September the new Holland Boulevard and Rijksmuseum at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport officially opened. With this international departure hall, NEXT architects designed a unique area bringing together commerce, art and culture.

On the occasion of the opening, MIMOA published a featured guide on NEXT Architects.  Starting point is the Holland Boulevard and the Rijksmuseum, then guiding you along 13 other projects by NEXT in the Amsterdam region. Including B. Amsterdam – the hotspot for startups and companies in the creative sector – and the award winning Melkwegbridge in Amstelveen.
Photography is provided by top architecture photographers Ossip, Iwan Baan, Jeroen Musch, Dirk Verwoerd and Francisco Nogueira.

Rijksmuseum Schiphol

02_Rijksmuseum__Ossip_kl photo Rijksmuseum, by Ossip

The Rijksmuseum is the highlight of Holland Boulevard: a modern and innovative framework for the masterpieces exhibited by the Rijksmuseum at Schiphol Airport. The curved walls presented an additional challenge and were realised by gluing together 10.000 strips of glass of 7 cm wide to form a solid glass wall.
The pavilion’s glass structure has a truly unique composition that is, above all, circular. This means that all single elements can be removed,” says Martin Weerheim, project leader at Saint-Gobain Glassolutions, who realised the U-shaped museum walls.
The resulting semi-transparent walls filter the light, creating a gradual transition from the hustle and bustle of Schiphol Airport to the art treasures shown by the Rijksmuseum,” adds Bart Reuser of NEXT.

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Help us build MIMOA 2.0

Author: Mieke, Posted: September 4th, 2017

Book Building Community

Complete the survey and WIN!
To help us evaluate and improve our service, we kindly ask 1 minute of your time to complete this survey.

Due to the overwhelming amount of entries, this survey is closed earlier than planned. Thank you all for sharing your valuable feedback!
If you missed the survey and wish to share any comment on the subject, we are happy to receive your feedback. Contact us at info@mimoa.eu.

Thames & Hudson provided us with 5 copies of the new book 'Building Community' by Michael Webb to raffle among the participants!
We will soon announce the 5 winners on this page.



3 Lisbon favorites by Pedro Gadanho

Author: Mieke, Posted: August 28th, 2017

PG Adelno Oliveira(1)_cropOf course Pedro Gadanho, director of MAAT – Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology, did not leave us high and dry when it comes to sights to check out!

Earlier he shared his insights on Lisbon and the role of contemporary architecture in the city, as our selected MIMOA mayor. In the second part of his Q&A with MIMOA founder Mieke, Pedro Gadanho shares three of his favourite spots in the city.

1. Galeto


“I’ve been doing interiors for a long time, and I have even put my work of Orange House on MIMOA. Because of that I would recommend to go, to this cafeteria with this classic 60’s /70’s design interior Galeto’s. You can grab a steak there even around 2 in the morning, and check out the people from the nightlife. Galeto is perfect, if you want to immerse yourself in a retro atmosphere!” 

Galeto is located in the city’s Saldanha district near Campo Pequeno. A long bar with swivels snakes across the floor, or sit in one the booths while you’re there. Galeto is around for nearly fifty years and a bit off the tourist trails – so this one is for the true city dwellers.

2. Parque das Nasçõas - The ‘98 world expo site


For a ‘huge concentration of architectural gems’ you absolutely need to go to the ’98 world expo site’, tells Pedro. “You have the Pavilion of Portugal by Siza Vieira, you have Ciência Viva, the Pavilion of Knowledge by Carrilho da Graça. And I also have to mention the Gare do Oriente Station, by Calatrava. There are just so many things to see here!” 

“Expo terrains can look a like vacant, empty places when not being re-developed properly, this sight is a good example of an expo that turned into a vibrant village within the city itself”.

3. Restaurante Panoramico de Monsanto


“This place is surely worth to rediscover!” tells Pedro Gadanho and it even upholds a special memory to him. “It’s a sort of lost architecture, it’s abandoned since the 70’s – it’s UFO architecture.”

“In the early 00’s we briefly blasted life into the place with the Experimenta Design biennale. We turned it into an instant disco for one night. It was amazing, 3000 to 4000 people came. Unfortunately, the fire department came – declared that the building was not safe for usage – and cleared it out, until today.”

The round building of the Restaurante Panoramico is sitting at the top of a hill, in the forests of Monsanto, just before Lisbon and the largest green patch in the city. “The location is amazing, because you have an absolute view of all of Lisbon. The Restaurant Panoramico now looks like a weird ruin, a misplaced form of Eastern European architecture. Except that this building rather has Facist origins, rather than Communist.”

As of this month, the Restaurante Panoramico is re-opened to the public. 

Read the complete interview with Pedro Gadanho here >>

photo of Pedro Gadanho by: Adelno Oliveira

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What ups the game of Lisbon?

Author: Mieke, Posted: August 24th, 2017

MAAT Museum / AL_A / Lisboa, Portugal / 2016photo of MAAT by Francisco Nogueira.

In a Q&A MIMOA founder Mieke Vullings asked Pedro Gadanho, director of MAAT – Museum of Architecture, Art and Technology, all about the revamping of Lisbon as a city and the crucial international role of his museum. 

“In this case, it’s the architecture that pushes the envelope, the driving force behind the Museum’s success – it is the building that attracts people and helps people explore and discover the contents of the museum."

Read the complete interview and discover what Pedro Gadanho thinks about the vibrant and innovative atmosphere in Lisbon >>

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Explore the little quirks of Lisbon with Margot

Author: Margot van der Kroon, Posted: July 28th, 2017

48810_l_LX factoryphoto by Ricardo Junqueira: LX Factory

Recently Margot, copywriter at MIMOA, and her friend Julian visited the Lisbon – as a stop on a work and travel trip. She gladly shares her experience with you:

Traveling with ‘lucky Juul’, our trips always become a fest; seriously easygoing, the kindest people and sweet surprises just around the corner. She’s curious at heart, that gal! And sure a better driver then I am. ‘Cause she handled the steep hills and dense city center of Lisbon – with its small cobblestone streets and many cars – like a pro while she drove our rented Fiat Punto.

The fast-paced life in Lisbon

Little bars, green wine, an active street life – our wonderful AirBnB hosts Daniel and Maria introduced to pleasures of the city. They rented out their small place in Alfama regularly and Maria shared the best go-to’s up in her introduction. She figured out quickly that we are the kind of slow travellers and always want to explore the little quirks of a place.

Tip! Being a food stylist, Maria knew that on some Saturday nights ‘secret Chinese restaurants’ open their doors for public. So she and Daniel took us out for diner. You’ll recognize the place by the balloon hanging outside the window.

Lisbon has a rich history and you can see that in the complete structure of the town, not just in Barrio Alto, Alfama and Príncipe Real. For example, the district of Bélem is has many tourist attractions. This is where the Portuguese explores set sail towards South America. The traditional pastries are famous here.
Here are a few things you can do as well:

LX Factory

LX_Factory blog2photos by Ricardo Junqueira: LX Factory

As you enter the city by car, you must find that the Ponte 25 de Abril strikes a chord! The bridge was build by American Bridge Company, the same company that produced San Francisco’s Oakland Bay bridge. Just below the bridge near the district Belém you can find LX Factory. The old factory area is being re-used as creative space with restaurants, shops and galleries.

Go see the Kairos Pavillion. The LX factory it’s not just a place for leisure. It’s also a good spot to open up your laptop. Work is so much better in a creative and inspirational environment!

Just outside of the city

The many surf attributes in the ships at the LX factory remind you that Portugal is a magnificent surfing hotspot. Julian and I both love to catch a wave and this city also makes a perfect starting point if you want explore the coastal lines. Many surfers continue to visit the beaches of the Algarve.
However if you were just planning on a short city stay and explore the beaches or outside than you should check out Sintra. In just under 20 minutes you are on the beach or you can visit The National History Museum if you prefer your ‘shot of nature’ more cultivated.


In Sintra you can also find the national palace of Pena with it’s gardens. The palace on the grounds is the Versailles of Portugal and is open since the 1910’s. Visit the place for it’s Rococo castles or stroll along the gardens…

Mi destinations: exploring beyond the obvious cultural sights

Every month a new city around the globe is highlighted. Discover the must-see sights for you as cultural traveler, provided and curated by the MIMOA community and team, accompanied by the local stories our MIMOA mayors and guides. Read here more about Mi destinations >>

We are taking you off track and hope it inspires you to share your stories too. You are invited to join in and add your favourite buildings and sights to our website.
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